2011-12 Academic Year in Review
Our students and faculty had such a stellar year that not everything could be listed on one page. A few highlights from each month are listed below!
- UW Oshkosh SHRM Student Chapter received the Superior Merit Award and Outstanding Student Chapter Award.
- Two COB faculty received top university honors. Professor J. Ben Arbaugh received the John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship and Professor M. Ryan Haley was selected as a recipient of the TRISS Endowed Professorship.
- Three new faculty joined the College. They are: Raj Kamalapurkar, Supply Chain & Operations Management; Maureen Mascha, Accounting and Melissa Bublitz, Marketing.
- The Insurance program, entered its third year, experienced tremendous growth and success. The program began with 12 students and now has over 50 enrolled.
- UW Oshkosh's Iota Rho chapter of Beta Alpha Psi earned international recognition for excellence in academics, professionalism and leadership. Members are accounting students.
- COB's Annual Networking Night is held which gives COB students an opportunity to meet and mingle with 200 area business professionals.
- The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) chapter at the UW Oshkosh set a record when it earned its 24th Gold Award, more awards than any other chapter. Members are Supply Chain Management students.
- Global business leader and CEO of Firefly North America and a UW Oshkosh alum, Cheryl Stallworth-Hopper talked about skills used to work her way up the corporate ladder.
- COB welcomed Cathy Huybers as the new Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF) executive director.
- COB Professor Soo-Young Moon, Marketing, was awarded second place in the 2011 Innovation in Business Education competition for his innovative retail course. The Innovation in Business Education Award recognizes business programs or creative strategies that advance the quality of education in business schools. The award was presented at the annual meeting held in Chicago.
- Supply Chain Management Professors Mike Godfrey and Andrew Manikas were honored for their collaboration on two different papers receiving Outstanding Research awards at the Institute for Business and Finance Research's annual Global Conference on Business and Finance Research.
- COB welcomed David Krause as the new Director of Development and Alumni Relations. David has worked extensively with national organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and YMCAs. He has also assisted regional organizations in both Green Bay and New London.
- Professor Peter Westort, Accounting, spends this academic year in Egypt teaching at Alexandria University as a Fulbright Scholar.
- Commencement was held on Dec 17 with 137 undergraduate business graduates and 25 graduate students celebrating the completion of their respective degrees.
- First-hand experience in Vietnam was experienced by COB Associate Dean, William Wresch. Dr. Wresch spend his time learning and analyzing the business practices and projected outlook for both factories and agriculture with that country.
- Business and Economics students traveled to Peru for 3 weeks of company visits along with some sight-seeing.
- Another group of business students travel to Europe for a 2-week study tour.
- College of Business Dean William Tallon's column in the Appleton Post Crescent debates the rising cost of a college education.
- Several of the College's alums are interviewed about how they became business owners or how they achieved their accomplishments.
- Society of Human Resources (SHRM) students traveled to North Charleston, South Carolina to volunteer with the Dream Center Clinic. Each student completed 23 hours of service at the center painting, reorganizing the North Charleston HS Coaching office, assembling weight equipment and delivering food to those in need. They also toured Gildan, an international garment company and received presentations from most of their departments (logistics, finance, customer service, forecasting, etc).
- The COB developed a sustainable management minor in an effort to better prepare students for a work force that is becoming more mindful of sustainability. This minor is open to all majors.
- Insurance students attended a special networking night tailored to the area of insurance and hosted by the COB. More than 20 Fox Valley insurance firm executives networked with students.
- Senior Jonathan Dudzinski received the National Intern of the Year Award by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association at their annual conference in Chicago. Dudzinski was nominated by Professional Development Director Jessie Pondell for his successful internship with Tocqueville Asset Management in New York City.
- Two finance students were honored by the Milwaukee chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). J. Dudzinski was awarded FEI's 2012 Outstanding Student Award and D. Skinkis was awarded the Roger Buchholz Memorial FEI Junior Scholarship. UW Oshkosh finance students have been awarded the scholarship eight out of the last 10 years!
- The COB Undergraduate Awards Luncheon invited our outstanding students, along with their families and honored alumni. In addition to the scholarships awarded, six COB students were recognized for receiving the Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Alums honored were Todd Teske, President/CEO for Briggs & Stratton and Alston Reece, Manager S2P for process and Deployment at Rockwell Automation.
- Forty-five business students claimed membership in the International Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.
- A new business major, Interactive Web Management, received its final approval.
- The COB brings Chick-fil-A Leadercast to Oshkosh. Area business professionals gathered to hear from world-renowned speakers, business leaders and best-selling authors on the top of leadership.
- Only qualifying MBA students were selected to go on a study tour to China and Korea for three weeks. Top executives from Mercury Marine joined the students for a group collaboration.
- Sixty-nine MBA and MSIS graduates (summer, fall, spring) celebrated the culmination of their graduate studies at a dinner held at the Bridgewood Resort in Neenah.
- Second annual Global Careers Day drew in corporate guests, faculty and alumni who shared their experiences and career opportunities with students through discussions and workshops.
- Spring commencement was held May 12. COB graduated 263 undergraduate students and 38 graduate students.